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Reps resolve to halt impending NASU strike

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From Jonas Ike, Abuja.

The House of Representatives on Thursday resolve to intervene with a view to halting the impending industrial action threatened by the members of Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).
This was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Hon. Aisha Jubril Dukku (Gombe, APC) on the matter on the floor of the House.
Dukku while debating the motion noted that NASU had recently mobilized its members  to embark on strike on Monday July 22, 2019 against the Federal Government’s non challant attitude to the workers.
She further noted that there is discrimination against the non-academic staff of educational institutions in the country by their other colleagues.
The lawmaker added that the way and manner monies are being shared in the universities in Nigeria is against international best practices.
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She added that one year after agreement was reached with the Federal Government on the issue of payment of the workers, money is yet to be released to them in the universities.
She also pointed out that as of a right, government should not deny these university workers what is their own right.
Also speaking in support,Hon.T.J Yusuff (Kogi, PDP) stated that whatever should be done to bring the workers to a negotiating table ought to be done quickly by the authorities concerned.
He added that the failure to act on the part of those concerned is causing the nation more harm than good.
Other lawmakers notably Hon. Bulus Maren (Plateau, PDP) and Hon. Sada Soli (Katsina, APC) also spoke in support of the motion saying that it is imperative for the government to address the issue.
Consequently, the Speaker Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila put the matter to a voice vote and it was overwhelmingly voted for by the lawmakers.
The Speaker further said that NASU should suspend the strike pending the outcome of the intervention by the House on it.

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